|Publication number||US4292467 A|
|Application number||US 05/948,422|
|Publication date||Sep 29, 1981|
|Filing date||Oct 4, 1978|
|Priority date||Oct 7, 1977|
|Also published as||DE2843809A1|
|Publication number||05948422, 948422, US 4292467 A, US 4292467A, US-A-4292467, US4292467 A, US4292467A|
|Inventors||Lars Odlen, Anders Hansson|
|Original Assignee||Transcale A.B.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (12), Referenced by (33), Classifications (16), Legal Events (1)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to electronic devices, particularly audio and visual devices such as radio and television receivers, tape recorders, audio amplifiers, and the like which require adjustment of a number of variable functions in order use them fully. Such functions for an audio device include for example, tuning frequency, volume, stereo balance and tone correction.
Known devices of the type described normally are provided with separate adjusting means for each of the variable functions. Typically, such adjusting means consist of knobs or levers which control potentiometers, variable capacitors or stepping switches. The position of the knob or lever indicates the level of the adjusted function. To indicate a frequency setting, it is common to use a lineal scale with a pointer which is mechanically coupled to an adjusting knob.
Electronic devices of the kind described above accordingly contain a number of more less complicated mechanical adjusting means, despite the fact that the main function of the device is entirely electronic. The mechanical parts contribute to high manufacture and assembly costs, and make the devices difficult to service. A high percentage of the problems arising in modern devices of the type described are mechanical in origin, and this is a very undesirable and costly consequence of the designs presently in use.
A general object of the present invention is to provide improved control apparatus for electronic devices having one or more functions of variable level wherein mechanical components have been substantially eliminated, whereby the disadvantages in the known control apparatus are avoided.
According to the present invention, there is provided control apparatus for an electronic device having a plurality of variable functions, for example, volume and tone in an audio device. Electrically controllable means such as switches are provided for setting the levels of the functions and a memory stores an electronic signal for controlling the controllable means. A single level adjusting means is provided for the plurality of functions and means are provided for selecting a function for adjustment. The level adjusting means, when operated, produces signals representing a desired level change in the selected function. A control means reads the level change signals, determines an adjusted level signal and provides it to the memory.
In a particular examples for volume and tone controls in an audio receiver, solid state switches are employed to control the gain in the common signal path for volume control and in bass, treble and midrange signal paths for tone control. The states of the switches are determined by the contents of digital memory registers. One of a pair of level change flip-flops is loaded by pulses from a pulse generating means which is manipulated to provide pulses representing a desired level change. A function can be selected for level display and adjustment by means of selector switches. A memory in the control means stores addresses for the registers that contain the function levels and also stores the function levels. In response to selection of a function, the control means obtains the function level and register address from memory and causes the level to be displayed. The level is adjusted continually according to the content of the level adjusting flip-flop and the new levels are continually displayed and provided to the function register. The change in level can then be observed visually and audibly as it is effected. Preferably, the control means includes a programmed microprocessor.
According to another aspect of the invention, a sterephonic receiver embodying the invention includes electrically controllable means for setting the volume in each channel. Stereo balance is then implemented by controlling the volume in one channel with respect to the other with no need for a separate electrically controllable means for setting balance.
A correction for loudness may also be implemented without the need for an electrically controllable means for setting loudness.
Another aspect of the invention involves the arrangement of the tone control circuits for obtaining the bass, treble and midrange frequencies from the audio signal.
The control apparatus according to this invention thus eliminates substantially all mechanical parts along with the disadvantages of their ureliability and cost.
FIG. 1 is a view of a control panel for an audio receiver embodying the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a block diagram of an audio receiver embodying the present invention;
FIGS. 3a to 3c are block diagrams of memory registers which store settings that control the various functions;
FIGS. 4a and 4b are combined block and schematic diagrams of the volume control circuits and tone control circuits, respectively, in an audio receiver embodying the present invention;
FIG. 5 is a block diagram of a microprocessor system employed to implement control and memory operations in an audio receiver embodying the present invention;
FIGS. 6a to 6e are diagrams illustrating the structure and operation of a level control in an audio receiver embodying the present invention;
FIG. 7 is a block diagram of a circuit for displaying the selected frequency of an AM or FM tuner in an audio receiver embodying the present invention, and
FIGS. 8 to 14 are flow diagrams illustrating the operation of the microprocessor system of FIG. 5.
Referring initially to FIG. 1, the control panel 10 of an audio receiver embodying the present invention includes a number of function selector switches identified by the numberals 12 through 17 for the functions indicated such as volume, balance, etc. A series of indicator lamps 12a to 17a indicate the variable function selected by the corresponding selector switch 12-17. The level of each of these functions must be variable during the operation of the receiver in order to fully enjoy it. A single level adjusting knob 22 is provided as the input device for adjusting the levels of the functions. A level display 25 is provided in the form of a thermometer-type scale for indicating the level of a selected variable function.
A series of selector switches 42-47 and corresponding indicator lamps 42a to 47a are provided for selecting and indicating the selection of two-valued or "on-off" functions. The on-off functions include the source of the audio signal, whether FM, AM, tape or phonograph, the selection of a high pass filter in the audio signal path, linear rather than tone controlled signal and a loudness correction. A four digit display 28 indicates the frequency of an AM or FM tuner when that signal source is selected. When a tuner is not the audio signal source the display 28 indicates the time of day.
The functions illustrated and selectable on control panel 10, whether variable or "on-off", are merely examples and other functions may be provided.
The selector switches 12 to 17 and 42 to 47 are preferably mechanical pushbutton switches. Although mechanical, these switches along with "mechanical" level adjusting knob 22 were deliberately chosen as operator input devices to provide better "feel" for the operator. As will become apparent below the functions performed by these mechanical elements are quite limited and no reduction in reliablity is encountered because of their use.
When the device is first activated by, for example, selecting the FM tuner as the signal source, the other functions and levels which are activated and displayed are those which were last selected. For example, control panel 10 indicates that the FM tuner is the signal source selected since indicator lamp 41a is on. Frequency display 28 indicates that the station last selected and now playing has a broadcast frequency of 98.5 MHz. Indicator lamp 12a indicates that volume level, as previously set, is displayed on scale 25 and is selected for adjustment by means of knob 22.
If the operator wishes to switch to the phonograph input, switch 44 is operated. Indicator lamp 44a is turned on while FM lamp 41a and frequency display 28 are turned off. If the operator then desires to change the volume setting he need only turn level selector knob 22 in the increase or decrease direction and the indicator scale 25 will immediately display the adjusted volume level.
If the operator instead desires to change the treble setting, he operates treble switch 16 and indicator scale 25 will immediately display the existing treble setting. By then turning level selector knob 22 in the appropriate direction the treble setting will be changed and indicator scale 25 will display the adjusted treble setting. The remaining functions may be adjusted in the same way.
If the function selector switches and the level selecting knob 22 are left untouched for five seconds, the variable function selected and displayed automatically becomes volume. With this feature the operator can usually adjust the volume level without having to select this function, which is convenient since it is probably the most frequently adjusted level.
As shown diagramatically in FIG. 2, an audio receiver embodying this invention may be connected to speakers 60, 61 which are driven by a power amplifier 63. Amplifier 63 is supplied with audio signals through a volume control circuit 65 including left and right channel controls, and bass, midrange and treble control circuits 68, 70 and 71, respectively. Stereo balance adjustment is also provided by relative adjustment of left and right channel volume controls in a manner described below.
The audio signal source may be an AM/FM tuner 73, a phonograph 74 and preamp 75 or a tape recorder 77. The desired input signal is connected through solid state signal selector switches 78. Each control circuit 65, 68, 70 and 71 and tuner 73 is controllable electrically to adjust the level of the function. Adjustments may be made by the operator from knob 22. In some cases, this will cause adjustments to be made automatically in functions other than the one adjusted by the operator as will become clear below.
A control system 80 communicates with digital memory registers indicated as 85 and 86 which store selection and level commands and provide them to the electrically controllable circuits such as volume control circuit 65. Control system 80 receives commands from function selector 82 (representing switches 12-17, 40-47) and level control 79 as to function and level changes and updates the registers 85 and 86 to effect changes in level land/or functions selected.
More particularly, the registers 85 and 86 store commands as to whether or not a particular function is selected and the levels of the variable functions. The control system 80 instructs the function and level display 83 to indicate the functions selected and the level of the variable function selected and interrogates function selector 82 and level control 79 to detect changes in function and/or level. The registers 85 and 86 are then updated by the control system with the most recently selected functions and levels. The updated contents of the registers act on the control circuit for volume and the like to set the new levels and functions. A manner in which this may be accomplished is described below.
As shown in FIGS. 3a to 3c, the registers 85 and 86 of FIG. 2 comprise a number of serial input-parallel output shift registers. Registers 88, 89 and 90 of FIG. 3a store level commands for volume and for bass, midrange and treble tone controls. Volume in the left and right stereo channels is controlled by registers 89 and 88, respectively. Bass and treble gain is controlled from register 90 and midrange gain from registers 88 and 89. When the loudness function is selected on control panel 10 the bass and midrange gains are adjusted in a manner described below wherever the volume is changed. described below whenever the volume is changed.
Register 91 of FIG. 3b stores commands for a linear rather than tone controlled audio signal, for loudness correction and for a high pass filter in the audio signal path as well as the OFF command. Register 92 stores commands for selection of phonograph, tape and FM or AM as the audio signal source. These commands control solid state switches 78 in FIG. 2.
As shown in FIG. 3c AM/FM frequency selection for tuner 73 is controlled from register 94 through a digital-analog converter 95. Tuner 73 is varactor controlled so that the analog voltage from converter 95 is applied to a varactor diode to determine the frequency to which tuner 73 is tuned. Such varactor controlled tuners are known and are commercially available.
Each register in FIGS. 3a to 3c is loaded serially. The input data is provided in common to the input of all registers from control system 80 but only the appropriate register is provided with shift pulses to enable it to load the data.
FIGS. 4a and 4b illustrate volume and tone controls, respectively, for an audio receiver emobodying the present invention. As shown in FIG. 4a for one stereo channel, the audio signal is passed through volume controls including amplifiers 100, 101 and 102 with controllable summing networks 104 and 106 and tone controls generally indicated as 108. The volume attentuation provided by networks 104 and 106 is selectable from --0.5b to -72bd in steps which define an inverse quadratic function by operating the appropriate switches 110, 111 which are preferably solid state switches. The state of each switch 110, 111 is controlled by one bit stored in register 88 or 89 of FIG. 3a. The six switches 110 and the six switches 111 for the right stereo channel are controlled from register 88 while the corresponding switches for the left stereo channel are controlled from register 89.
No separate registers are required for the stereo balance function since the volume is controlled individually in the left and right channels. A command change in the stereo balance, therefore, results in increasing or decreasing the attenuation in one channel with respect to the other in a manner described below.
The tone control circuitry is shown in FIG. 4b for one channel, the other channel being identical. The audio signal is divided into treble, midrange and bass signal paths and the signal in each path is selectively attenuated by means of resistors switched in and out in a logarithmic scale.
The arrangement for obtaining the treble, midrange and bass signals possesses a number of advantages over known arrangements. Referring to FIG. 4b, the audio signal is provided in common to a high pass filter 125 to develop the treble signal, to a band pass filter 127 to develop the signal for the midrange frequencies and to a low pass filter 130 to develop the bass signal. The high pass filter 125 in the treble path is formed by subtracting the output of a low pass filter 132 from the audio input signal to obtain the treble frequencies at the output of operational amplifier 133. With this arrangement, the effect of the output from the low pass filter 132 decreases as the frequency on the audio signal at amplifier 133 increases and at very high frequencies the treble signal is essentially the unfiltered audio input signal.
The low pass filter 130 in the bass path is formed in an analogous way by subtracting the output of high pass filter 140 from the audio input signal to obtain the bass frequencies at the output of operational amplifier 141. At very low frequencies, the bass signal from amplifier 141 is essentially the unfiltered audio input signal.
The midrange filter 127 is formed by substracting both the bass and treble signals from the total audio input signal to obtain the midrange frequencies at the output of operational amplifier 147. With this arrangement, when the gain settings in the three paths, treble, midrange and bass, are equal, the frequency response curve of the total combined output signal is substantially flat. This allows the tone controls to be used as a bias setting for the volume controls and the effective range of the tone controls to be substantially doubled.
Further, the fact that the audio input signal is substantially unaffected by any filtering at very low and very high frequencies means that overall stability, slew rate and distortion are unaffected by the tone control settings.
Referring again to FIG. 4b, the treble, bass and midrange signals are provided to respective gain control circuits 137, 144 and 150. The corrected bass, midrange and treble signals from the gain control circuits are summed at operational amplifier 152. The total signal is transmitted to switches 111 in the volume control through a switch 154 which is closed unless the "linear" function is selected. The total signal may be filtered to eliminate "hiss" by selecting the "HIGH" function on control panel 10 to close switch 157.
The treble control circuit 137, midrange control circuit 150, and bass control circuit 144 each include an attenuating ladder in which the degree of attentuation is selectable by switches arranged in a logarithmic scale. The treble control switches 160 and the bass control switches 162 are operated from register 90 (FIG. 3a) and midrange control switches 167 are operated from registers 88 and 89, all in the same manner as described above for the volume control gain switches 110 and 111. The corresponding switches for the two stereo channels are operated as pairs from the same register signal.
The tone controls 108 may be bypassed to provide an uncorrected or linear audio output signal by closing switch 168 and opening switch 154. These switches, along with switch 157 to select the "HIGH" filter, are controlled from register 91 (FIG. 3b). The respective functions are selected on front panel 10 (FIG. 1) by operating the appropriate selector button.
As mentioned above, control system 80 (FIG. 2) receives function and level information and provides it for display and updates the various registers as to changes in functions and levels selected. A control system embodying a microprocessor is shown in FIG. 5. It will be appreciated that the functions of the control system 80 could be implemented by "hard wired" circuits not employing a microprocessor.
Referring now to FIG. 5, the control system includes a central processing unit (CPU) 200 which communicates with other control system elements by means of an address bus AB, a data bus DB and a control bus including control lines for WRITE, READ, address strobe (ADS) and bus request (BREQ) signals. CPU 200 also includes a terminal, S. OUT, for providing output information in serial form and three terminals for providing "flag" output signals, FL0, FL1 and FL2. In the embodiment specifically described, CPU 200 is a SC/MP II microprocessor manufactured by National Semiconductor Corporation.
CPU 200 communicates via buses AB and DB with a read only memory (ROM), which stores the program instructions to be followed by the CPU, and a read-write working memory (RAM) 205. The RAM stores the register addresses of the functions and the setting of the variable functions as well as other data utilized by the CPU in performing its control function. Since the RAM is a volatile memory, power is maintained to it by means of a charged capacitor or similar circuit when the total device is in the OFF mode. The CPU also addresses particular external circuits such as the registers via bus AB and a decoder 208. Bus AB has a capacity of 12 bits and bus DB a capacity of 8 bits. Also, four (4) additional high order address bits are time-multiplexed on bus DB and are available during an ADS signal. These bits are strobed into latches 210 by an ADS signal after the latches are cleared by a BREQ signal and are used for device selection. The circuit including gate 700, flip-flop 701 and capacitor 702 is employed to insure that address bits on bus DB are strobed into latches 210 only by the first ADS signal following a BREQ signal. The BREQ signal sets flip-flop 701 which enables gate 700. The first ADS signal resets flip-flop 701 but gate 700 remains enables for a delay period provided by capacitor 702 and passes the ADS signal to latches 210. Any subsequent ADS signal are blocked until the next BREQ signal.
The outputs from latches 210 are identified as PAGE 1, PAGE 2, PAGE 4, PAGE 8 and PAGE 0 when all of PAGES 1 to 8 are 0. PAGE 0 selects ROM 202 through gate 212 and PAGE 1 selects RAM 205. PAGE 2 selects the function registers as a group through gate 214 and individual registers can then be addressed through decoder 208. PAGE 2 also selects the digital display 28 as discussed below. PAGE 4 selects the level and function display 83 through gate 215. PAGE 8 selects level control 217 through gate 218 and function selector switch matrix 220 for interrogation by the indicated signals from decoder 208. Data as to selected functions and levels are loaded on bus DB through tri-state logic elements 223 which are enabled by the PAGE 8 signal through an inverter 238.
In operation, the registers (FIGS. 3a to 3c) store the level and function information required for operation of the receiver until a change is made from control panel 10 in either function or level. The CPU 200 alternately addresses the level and function display 83 to drive the display of the selected functions, the digital display 28 (FIG. 1) as discussed below and the level and function selector switch matrix 220 and level control 217 to determine any change in the functions or levels selected.
The level and function display 83 is a matrix of light emitting diodes (LED) of six rows and eight columns. Data as to selected functions and level are supplied to the columns from bus DB through column latches 230 and drivers 231. The display matrix rows are addressed by the indicated outputs from decoder 208 through row latches 234 and drivers 235. The row and matrix latches are loaded on a READ signal from CPU 200. The setting for volume is displayed on scale 25 (FIG. 1) as a line of length proportional to the volume. The settings for balance, bass, midrange and treble are indicated by the position of a pair of LEDs "walking" along scale 25 with zero at the center.
The selector switches 220 and level control 217 are also arranged as a matrix with the level control output lying in one row of the matrix. The rows are addressed in sequence by the signals from decoder 208. Level change and selector switch data are placed on bus DB through the tri-state logic elements 223. When the level and selector switch matrix is not addressed the logic elements 223 are held in their high impedance state through driver 238.
When a change in selected function is detected, the identity of the selected function is stored in RAM 205, the appropriate function register is updated through the S. OUT control line and the new function is displayed.
When a change in level is detected, the existing level is obtained from RAM 205 and adjusted. The adjusted level is provided to the appropriate function register and to the function and level display to implement and display the level adjustment.
A preferred form of level control 217 is shown in FIGS. 6a to 6e. Level selector knob 22 is not connected mechanically to any device but is rotatable endlessly on its shaft. As shown in FIGS. 6a and 6b, knob 22 is provided on its inner surface with a series of alternate reflecting segments 260 and nonreflecting segments 262. Only 8 reflecting and nonreflecting of each type of segment are shown in FIG. 6a but preferably there would be a substantially greater number, for example, 64 of each type. As shown in FIG. 6b, a pair of phototransistors 265, 266 are arranged adjacent to level selector knob 22 so as to receive light reflected from the segments 260 and 262. A pair of light sources such as light emitting diodes 270 and 271 are arranged to direct light onto the segments. The phototransistors 265, 266 are turned on and off as the light is reflected and absorbed by the segments 260 and 262 passing the phototransistors in sequence.
The phototransistors are arranged in the circuit of FIG. 6c so that they are turned on and off with a 90° phase displacement between their respective signals. As shown in FIG. 6d, when level selector knob 22 is turned in the decrease direction indicated by the arrow in FIG. 6b, signal 265a from phototransistor 265 leads signal 266a from photo transistor 266. When level selector knob 22 is turned in the increase direction signal 266a leads signal 265a as shown in FIG. 6e. The signals from transistors 265 and 266 utilized to provide pulses to flip-flop 280 and 281 in FIG. 6c. When level selector knob 22 is turned in the increase direction a pulse is provided to set flip-flop 280. Flip-flop 281 is set when the level selector knob is turned in the decrease direction.
Phototransistors 265 and 266 are connected as shown in FIG. 6c to provide more positive signals at the outputs of drivers 285 and 286, respectively, when conducting and to provide a less positive signal when not conducting. Signal 265a (FIGS. 6d and 6e) appears at the output of driver 285 and signal 266a at the output of driver 286. It will be seen from FIGS. 6d and 6e that a negative transition of signal 265a while signal 266a has a positive level occurs only when level selector knob 22 is being turned in the decrease direction (FIG. 6d). Correspondingly, it will be seen from FIG. 6d and 6e that a negative transition of signal 266a while signal 265a has a positive level occurs only when selector knob 22 is being rotated in the increase direction. These two combinations of signals set the respective "down" flip-flop 281 and "up" flip-flop 280.
The outputs of flip-flops 280 and 281 are connected to bus DB through tri-state logic elements 315 and 316. A unit increase in level appears at the output of element 315 and a unit decrease at the output of element 316. During each interrogation of the level control tri-state logic elements 315 and 316 are enabled through gate 218 (FIG. 5) to connect flip-flops 280 and 281 to bus DB. At the end of each interrogation, the flip-flops are cleared by a pulse derived from the trailing edge of the enable signal from gate 218 through capacitor 320.
Each unit level change obtained from flip-flops 280 or 281 is added to or subtracted from the previous level by CPU 200 and the new level for the given function is provided to the appropriate registers and also stored in RAM 205 and displayed by the level and function display as described above. The level control is interrogated at such frequent intervals that no unit increase in level will go undetected.
As shown in FIG. 7, the display of AM or FM frequency preferably includes a four digit, seven segment LED display 325 with decimal point. Frequency information is provided to the display from latches 328, one for each digit, through a decoder and driver 329. The latches 328 are connected in sequence to the appropriate digit of display 325 by a multiplexer 332 driven by an oscillator 333. The decimal point indication for display 325 is driven by the FL1 signal from CPU 200 through gate 334. The latches 328 are loaded from counter 335 which obtains a count indicating the tuner frequency in the manner described below.
As CPU 200 (FIG. 5) proceeds through its routine of scanning external devices, it will periodically address the frequency display and provide a burst of pulses through gates 340 and 341 to counter 335. The bursts may be of about 100 pulses each and are repeated until counter 335 is preset to a count of 9545 for AM or 9893 for FM, whichever is selected. The FL2 signal from CPU 200 enables gate 343 for a short precise time period of, for example, 1 millisecond. Either the AM or FM tuner oscillator, whichever is selected, provides pulses during this period through gates 341 and 343 to counter 335. The rate of the pulses from the FM oscillator is divided by 100 in a prescaler 345. Counter 335 spills over after counting oscillator pulses from the set count to the intermediate frequency for AM or FM, whichever is selected. In other words, the difference between the preset count and the spillover or clear condition of counter 335 corresponds to the intermediate frequency which is 10.7 MHz for FM and 455 KHz for AM. After spillover, counter 335 continues to count oscillator pulses for the period of FL2. The count stored at the end of FL2 corresponds to the carrier frequency of the radio transmitter to which the receiver is tuned. The contents of counter 335 are loaded into latches 328 for display by a signal from gate 348. Counter 335 is cleared on the trailing edge of the signal from gate 348.
As mentioned above, the microprocessor system of FIG. 5 operates according to the program stored in ROM 202. Appendix A is a printout in hexadecimal code of the program instructions stored in the ROM. The "9" in the most significant digit of the instruction address is meaningless and should be ignored. The ROM has a capacity of 2048 bytes. The instructions in Appendix A are part of the standard instruction set for the SC/MP II microprocessor manufactured by National Semiconductor Corporation. The instruction set and complete information pertaining to it are set forth in publications which are available from National Semiconductor Corporation. Accordingly, the complete instruction set will not be set forth herein.
Appendix B is a chart showing the correspondence between the flow diagrams of FIGS. 8-14 and the program of Appendix A. For each of FIGS. 8-14, the reference numerals of the blocks in the flow diagram are listed along with the ROM addresses of the program instructions which implement the functions in the corresponding block.
The operation of the audio receiver of FIGS. 1-7 will be described with reference to the flow diagrams of FIGS. 8-14.
Referring initially to FIG. 8, in its usual operation the receiver is stepped in sequence through a display routine indicated at block 400, an output routine in block 401, each of which will be described below, and a scanning routine beginning at block 403 in which the function selector switches are scanned. If no switch has been changed since the previous scan as tested at block 405 the level control is read at block 407. If the level has not changed as tested at block 408 a procedure is invoked at blocks 409-411 to set the selected variable function to volume if it is not already set to volume and, if a 5 second time period has elapsed since a different variable function was either selected or adjusted. The program then returns to START.
If a selector switch change is detected at block 405, a debounce routine 412 is employed to eliminate the possibility of it being noise or spurious signals. The rows of the function selection switch matrix 220 (FIG. 5) are then interrogated in sequence to determine which row contains the operated switch as indicated at blocks 416 to 419. If no switch change is detected in any of the rows of the matrix, the program returns to the starting point. Normally, however, the row containing the operated switch is determined and the program then proceeds to FIG. 9 or 10 to determine which particular function is changed.
With reference to FIGS. 9 and 10, the rows of the selector switch matrix 220 (FIG. 5) in the specific embodiment described herein are arranged such that row 0 includes all of the switches for the variable functions and row 1 contains the switches for AM and FM radio selection as well as other on/off functions. Row 2 contains several on/off functions and Row 3 contains the linear and loudness functions as well as others.
Referring now to FIG. 9, if the switch operated is in row 0, the selected function is determined at block 421. The selected function is stored in RAM 205 and the display changed appropriately as indicated at blocks 425 and 426. The time function is set to 5 seconds at block 424. The program sequence then returns to the starting point.
When the operated switch is in row 1 and has been identified at block 428, it is tested at block 432 to determine if it involves the AM/FM radio. If not, the function change is stored at block 434, the address of the register for the function is fetched from RAM as indicated at block 435 and the function change is loaded into the register as indicated at block 437. The function display is then changed as indicated at 439 and the program returns to the starting point.
If the selected function involves the AM/FM radio it is tested at block 442 to determine whether AM or FM has been selected. If the selected function is FM, the selection is stored at block 445 and the stored FM frequency for the station playing when the FM radio was last selected is fetched from RAM 205 at block 446 along with the addresses of the registers for tuning frequency and FM input as indicated at block 448. The registers are then loaded serially in the manner described above as indicated at block 450.
If the selected function is AM radio, substantially the same sequence of events occurs with the exception that AM frequency and the AM input are involved as indicated at blocks 453 to 456. In the case of either AM or FM selection a flag is set to request output as indicated at block 460 and the program sequence returns to START.
Referring now to FIG. 10, when the selected function is determined to be in row 2 or 3 and has been identified at block 461, the function is stored, its register address is fetched from RAM 205 and the register is loaded as indicated at blocks 465 to 467. The level and function display is then changed to display the selected functions as indicated at block 469. A test is then made at block 473 to determine if the function "linear" is active. If the linear function is active a test is made at block 478 to determine if the switch just operated was the linear switch. If yes, the linear function was just selected rather than cancelled and the display for the functions "HIGH" and "LOUDNESS" are extinguished at block 480 since neither of these functions can be active when the linear function is selected. The high and loudness functions are set inactive and the appropriate register loaded at block 482 whenever the linear function is presently active as determined at block 473.
If the linear function is not presently active as determined at block 473, a test is made at 485 to determine if the switch just operated was the linear switch. If it was, then the linear function was just cancelled and the high and loudness functions are fetched from RAM and loaded into their respective registers as indicated at block 487.
If the switch just operated was not the linear switch, a test is made at block 490 to determine if it was the loudness switch. If not, the program returns to the starting point in FIG. 8. If yes, the bass, midrange and treble level settings are fetched from RAM as indicated at 492 and the program proceeds to point A in FIG. 11 to correct the level settings for loudness in a manner to be described below.
Referring again briefly to FIG. 8, if a level change is detected at block 408 during the scanning sequence, the 5 second timing function is activated at block 495 and the program proceeds to the steps illustrated in FIG. 11. As shown there, the active variable function is determined at block 500 and its existing level fetched from RAM 205 at block 501. If the level change from the level control of FIG. 6 is up, the change is added to the previous level. If it is down, it is subtracted from the previous level and the new level is stored, all as indicated at blocks 504, 506, 508 and 510. The program then proceeds to make any other level adjustments which are desirable in view of the commanded level change.
If the adjusted function is volume or balance as indicated at block 515, then the left and right channel volume settings are to be adjusted to take into account both the volume and balance settings and the change in either of them. The volume and balance settings are fetched from memory at block 516 and a value TVOL is calculated at block 518 as the product of the volume setting VOL and the balance setting BAL. If the balance setting, BAL, is equal to or less than 50% as indicated at block 521, then the volume in the right channel, RVOL, is set equal to VOL while the volume in the left channel, LVOL, is set equal to twice TVOL as indicated at block 522. If the balance setting, BAL, is greater than 50%, then the volume setting in the left channel, LVOL, is set equal to VOL and the right channel volume, RVOL, is set equal to the value indicated at block 525.
An inspection of the equations in blocks 518 to 525 will indicate that the volume settings in the left and right channels will be equal to the volume setting, VOL, if balance is set at 50%. If, however, balance is set at, for example, 25% then the volume in the right channel will still be set equal to the volume setting VOL while the volume in the left channel, LVOL, will be set equal to 1/2 of VOL.
If the level adjustment was in either bass or midrange as indicated at block 528, then the bass and midrange level settings are fetched from RAM 205 as indicated at block 531 and stored at block 532 for use in the sequence of FIG. 12. Similarly, if the level adjustment was for the treble function as indicated at block 534, the treble level setting is fetched as indicated at block 535 and stored.
If the adjusted function was tuning then the tuning register (FIG. 3C) is loaded with a new tuning frequency as indicated at block 537, the digital display is set for frequency rather than clock mode and the output request flag is set as indicated at block 538. The program then returns to the starting point.
FIG. 12 illustrates the corrections made to the various functions by the program to implement the loudness function. When the function adjusted in FIG. 11 was any one of volume, balance, bass or midrange or if the loudness function has just been selected then the program proceeds as shown in FIG. 12 to implement the loudness correction. Basically, if the loudness function is active rather than inactive the bass level is raised and the midrange level is lowered when the volume is decreased. The bass and midrange levels are changed in the opposite directions from those indicated for an increase in volume. Referring to FIG. 12, if the loudness function is not active as indicated at block 550 the loudness correction is not implemented. Too, if the volume setting is greater than 25% then the loudness correction is not necessary and is bypassed as indicated at block 552. If the test in both blocks 550 and 552 are met, however, a value FCORR is calculated as equal to 3 times the volume setting, VOL. A bass correction, BCORR is then calculated at block 557 as the sum of FCORR and a constant. A corrected bass setting, TBASS, is then calculated at block 558 as the sum of the uncorrected bass setting, BASS, and the complement of the bass correction BCORR at block 558. A midrange correction MCORR is calculated at block 560 as the sum of FCORR and a constant and a corrected midrange value, TMIDR, is calculated as the difference between the uncorrected midrange value, MIDR, and the complement of MCORR as indicated at block 561.
The function registers for the functions which had their levels adjusted, either by the level control of FIG. 6 or by correction, are then loaded with the adjusted levels as indicated at block 565 and the program returns to the starting point.
Referring again briefly to FIG. 8, the routine indicated at block 401 as OUTPUT is illustrated in more detail in FIG. 13. The purpose of this routine is to load the digital display of FIG. 7 with information either as to the frequency of a selected radio station or the time of day.
Referring to FIG. 13, each time the OUTPUT routine is entered an "out" flat stored in RAM 205 is tested as indicated at block 580. If not equal to 0 another value, N100, in RAM is tested to determine if the value is equal to 0 as indicated at block 582. If not, N100 is decremented, 100 pulses are fed to counter 335 (FIG. 7) as indicated at blocks 583 and 584 and the program continues as in FIG. 8. If the test of block 582 indicates that N100 is equal to 0, then a number of pulses corresponding to a value N1 in RAM are fed to counter 335, the "out" flag is set to 0 as indicated at blocks 587 and 588 and the program is returned to its sequence in FIG. 8. Counter 335 in FIG. 7 will then have been preset to an appropriate value to display AM or FM frequency setting or the time of day.
When the OUTPUT routine is subsequently entered, the test at block 580 indicates that the "out" flag is 0 and a test is made at block 590 to determine if the output request flag has been set. This flag is set, for example, when the digital display must be changed from frequency to clock or vice versa, or to indicate a change in tuning frequency. The output request flag is set at block 460 in FIG. 9 and at block 540 in FIG. 11. If the output request flag has not been set, the OUTPUT routine is terminated and the sequence of FIG. 8 resumed.
If the output request flag has been set, the out flag of block 580 is set to 1 and the output request flag is cleared as indicated at block 593. A test is then made at block 595 to determine whether clock mode or frequency mode is active for the display according to the selected audio input source. If clock mode is active, N100 and N1 are loaded with the hour and minute of the day as indicated at block 598. The digital display will then be set to indicate the time of day.
If frequency mode is active, the tuner frequency is sampled for one millisecond by setting flag 2 for that time period to enable gate 343 (FIG. 7) as indicated at block 600. Counter 335 in FIG. 7 will then contain the correct frequency for display. A test is then made at block 602 to determine if the signal is AM or FM. If FM, the N100 value in RAM is set to a hexadecimal count of 062 at block 606 and N1 is set to a hexadecimal count of 05C. This total count corresponds to decimal 9893 which is to be preset into counter 335 in FIG. 7 for indication of an FM tuning frequency as described above. Similarly, if the signal is AM, N100 and N1 are set as indicated at block 605 to a count of 9545 decimal which is to be preset into counter 335 for indication of an AM tuning frequency.
The DISPLAY routine indicated generally at block 400 in FIG. 8 is illustrated in greater detail in FIG. 14. As shown there, the display routine is entered at block 620 by decrementing a value LG, where LG is the row number of the LED matrix in the function and level display. Rows 1 and 2 of the matrix are arranged as the level display 25 (FIG. 1), while rows 3-6 are arranged to indicate the selected function. After being decremented, LG is tested at block 622 to determine whether or not it is 0, which would indicate that no LED row is active. If LG is 0, it is set to 6 as indicated at block 625. The LED matrix row corresponding to LG is then enabled as indicated at block 626 and the program returns to the sequence of FIG. 8.
While a microprocessor system has been disclosed herein as the control system for an audio receiver or other electronic device embodying the present invention, it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that hard wired circuits may be employed which perform functions equivalent to those described above performed by the disclosed microprocessor system. Accordingly, this invention is not to be limited to the use of a microprocessor system for control purposes nor in any other way inconsistent with the progress in the art promoted by the invention.
APPENDIX A__________________________________________________________________________ 9000 08 C4 07 37 C4 A1 33 3F C4 00 07 C9 31 C9 32 C99010 2B C9 2C C9 17 C4 06 36 C4 07 31 32 3E 3F C4 889020 32 3E 3F 3F 3F C1 21 9C 4B C4 02 C9 21 C1 39 DC9030 02 C9 39 C1 03 D4 1F 98 11 C1 17 D4 02 9C OB C19040 17 DC 02 C9 17 C4 07 31 32 3E 3F C1 OB 98 OA C49050 DB 33 3F 01 C1 80 01 90 17 32 3E C4 01 31 3E 3F9060 C1 0F 98 10 C4 00 C9 0F C4 01 C9 06 C1 25 01 039070 C4 FF 32 3E 3F C4 80 35 C1 00 D9 01 D9 02 D9 039080 9C 12 C1 04 35 C4 10 35 98 OD C9 0C C4 16 31 C49090 03 35 91 FF 3F C4 01 E1 22 98 39 C9 22 3F 8F 0290A0 3F C4 80 35 C1 00 9C 32 C1 01 98 09 01 C4 01 3590B0 C4 56 31 91 FF C1 02 98 09 01 C4 02 35 C4 2B 3190C0 91 FF C1 03 98 09 01 C4 02 35 C4 B4 31 91 FF 3F90D0 C4 00 C9 22 35 C4 1D 31 91 FF 01 C4 10 32 3E 0190E0 32 C1 17 D4 01 98 ED C4 20 50 9C 21 32 01 C9 0690F0 40 C9 0F 02 9C 01 03 C4 25 31 C1 80 01 C4 FF 329100 3E C4 05 C9 21 C4 04 35 C4 8C 31 91 FF C4 00 C99110 01 C9 02 C9 33 C9 34 C1 0F 03 FC 05 9C 18 C4 069120 C9 0F C4 FF C9 06 C4 03 C9 39 C1 03 D4 1F 98 D19130 C1 17 DC 02 90 16 C1 16 D4 06 98 E2 C4 02 C9 399140 C4 20 C9 06 C4 05 C9 0F C1 17 D4 FD C9 17 C4 079150 31 32 3E 3F 90 AB C4 10 32 3E 01 9C 1D C1 17 D49160 FE C9 17 C4 03 C9 39 C4 05 36 C4 AF 32 3E C4 079170 31 3E C4 00 35 C4 1D 31 91 FF C9 3F C1 03 D4 1F9180 9C 10 C1 05 D4 EF D9 0A C9 05 C1 17 D4 EF D9 0A9190 C9 17 01 1C C9 03 D4 1F 98 08 C1 16 D4 60 DC 0291A0 90 18 C1 05 D4 10 C9 0A C1 05 DC 10 C9 05 C1 1791B0 DC 10 C9 17 C1 16 D4 60 DC 04 C9 16 C4 02 C9 3991C0 C4 60 D1 04 C9 04 C1 17 D4 7D C9 17 C1 3F C9 1991D0 31 C1 19 31 C4 00 31 C9 2A 01 02 C4 00 78 C9 1591E0 C4 05 31 32 3E C4 05 36 C4 AF 32 3E C4 06 31 3E91F0 C4 07 31 3E C4 04 35 C4 8C 31 91 FF C1 16 D4 609200 58 C9 16 C9 04 C1 17 D4 7F C9 17 C1 03 D4 60 989210 10 C1 05 D4 EF D9 0A C9 05 C1 17 D4 EF D9 0A C99220 17 C4 03 C9 39 C4 00 C9 03 90 BA C4 10 35 C4 009230 31 40 D4 01 98 05 C4 08 01 90 C1 40 D4 02 98 059240 C4 10 01 90 B7 40 D4 08 98 05 C4 80 01 90 AD 409250 D4 20 98 05 C4 01 01 90 A3 40 D4 10 98 12 C1 169260 D4 60 C9 16 DC 02 C9 04 C1 17 DC 80 C9 17 90 9B9270 40 D4 04 98 37 C1 04 D4 60 02 F4 20 01 C4 60 039280 78 9C 01 01 C1 04 D4 9F 58 C9 04 C1 16 D4 9F 589290 C9 16 01 98 06 C1 05 DC 01 90 04 C1 05 D4 FE C992A0 05 C4 05 36 C4 AF 32 3E C4 06 31 3E C4 04 35 C492B0 8C 31 91 FF C4 10 32 3E C9 3F 01 C1 17 D4 01 9892C0 5C C1 05 60 C9 05 D4 20 98 11 50 98 06 C1 05 D492D0 8C C9 09 C1 05 D4 73 C9 05 90 0D C4 20 50 98 0692E0 C1 05 D9 09 C9 05 C1 05 D4 7C 01 C1 3F 94 02 9092F0 0E C1 17 D4 83 58 C9 17 C4 07 31 32 3E 90 AD 029300 C4 00 F9 27 D4 F0 01 C4 0F D1 12 58 C9 12 C4 449310 31 C4 04 35 91 FF 3F C1 17 D4 01 9C 06 C4 1D 319320 35 91 FF C1 0C D4 01 C9 0D C4 01 C9 0C C4 05 C99330 21 C1 0F 01 03 C4 05 78 98 0E 94 08 C4 04 35 C49340 69 31 91 FF C4 04 C9 0C C4 25 31 C4 6A 32 3E C49350 00 31 C4 00 C9 0D 40 98 56 03 FC 01 98 4B 03 FC9360 01 9C 08 C4 04 35 C4 05 31 91 FF 03 FC 01 9C 089370 C4 04 35 C4 25 31 91 FF 03 FC 01 9C 08 C4 04 359380 C4 3B 31 91 FF 02 C4 00 F9 2A C9 15 C4 05 31 329390 3E 3F C4 19 31 C1 00 01 C1 11 C9 80 3F C4 02 C993A0 39 C4 04 35 C4 8C 31 91 FF C1 26 01 02 90 05 3F93B0 C1 25 01 03 C4 FF 32 3E C1 25 C9 3E C1 26 C9 3F93C0 C4 3E 31 C4 2F 32 3E 3F C1 26 94 1E 03 FC 80 9893D0 19 C1 25 D4 FC D9 31 C9 11 C1 25 03 F9 3E 02 0193E0 40 70 D4 FC D9 32 C9 10 90 13 C1 25 D4 FC D9 3293F0 C9 10 02 C1 3E F1 3E D4 FC D9 31 C9 11 C4 0D 319400 C4 05 35 91 FF 3F C1 27 01 02 C4 FF 32 3E 02 C49410 00 F9 27 D4 F0 01 C4 0F D1 12 58 C9 12 C4 05 359420 C4 0D 31 91 FF 3F C1 28 01 02 C4 FF 32 3E C1 289430 01 C4 7C 32 3E C4 F0 D1 12 90 DF 3F C1 29 01 029440 C4 FF 32 3E 3F C1 29 01 C4 7C 32 3E C4 03 50 C99450 31 19 19 40 C9 32 C4 FC D1 10 58 C9 10 C1 31 019460 C4 FC D1 11 58 C9 11 90 B4 3F C1 0D 98 0B A9 2B9470 03 F9 37 9C 0D C9 2B 90 09 A9 2C 03 FC 3C 9C 029480 C9 2C C4 00 C9 0D C9 2D C4 03 C9 39 3F C1 17 D49490 01 98 0A C4 00 C9 0B 35 C4 1D 31 91 FF C1 0B 9494A0 5C C1 17 DC 01 C9 17 C4 07 31 3E C4 06 31 3E C494B0 05 31 3E C4 02 31 3E C4 01 31 3E C4 00 31 3E 3F94C0 C4 04 C9 0B C4 02 C9 21 C4 64 C9 36 C4 18 C9 3794D0 06 D4 20 01 06 60 D4 20 98 FA 8F 00 06 60 D4 2094E0 98 F2 C4 BB 8F 1E 06 60 D4 20 98 08 C4 78 C9 3694F0 C4 0C C9 37 C4 01 C9 06 1C C9 0F 90 9A C4 08 C99500 25 C4 FF C9 0B C4 AF 31 C4 03 35 91 FF 3F C1 059510 94 63 C1 25 94 02 90 5D 02 F1 25 94 02 90 56 F19520 25 C9 3F F4 30 01 06 94 03 C4 FF 01 C1 27 02 789530 01 06 94 03 C4 FF 01 C4 00 02 78 D4 F0 01 C1 129540 D4 0F 58 C9 12 C1 3F F4 D0 01 06 94 03 C4 FF 019550 01 03 F1 29 01 06 D4 80 9C 01 01 C4 7C 32 3E C49560 03 50 C9 3F 19 19 C4 FC D1 10 58 C9 10 C4 FC D19570 11 D9 3F C9 11 C4 00 32 3E C4 01 31 3E C4 02 319580 3E C4 8C 31 C4 04 35 91 FF 00 87 00 88 00 00 209590 81 00 80 00 84 00 80 00 82 00 3F C4 06 36 C9 0795A0 C4 7A 32 C9 08 C4 2A C9 3D C4 11 01 19 01 C9 3095B0 3F C4 06 36 C9 07 C4 88 32 C9 08 C4 2A C9 3D C495C0 11 01 19 01 C9 30 C4 30 35 C1 31 B9 30 9C FA 3F95D0 C4 88 32 3E 3F B9 3D 9C F6 C4 01 C9 21 C1 07 3695E0 C1 08 32 90 1B C1 00 19 C1 00 19 C1 00 19 C1 0095F0 19 C1 00 19 C1 00 19 C1 00 19 C1 00 06 D4 01 079600 3E C4 30 35 06 DC 02 07 02 C4 00 F9 10 01 19 909610 D4 C4 10 35 C4 00 31 C4 80 01 98 13 C9 3F C4 089620 C9 3E B9 3E 40 D1 3F 9C 03 19 90 F6 C1 3E 01 3E9630 C1 00 01 C4 00 C9 00 C4 08 C9 FF 40 D4 01 02 989640 14 C1 00 F1 01 1F C9 00 40 1F 01 B9 FF 9C EC 409650 C9 01 3E 90 DB C1 00 90 EC C1 80 02 F1 E7 35 069660 94 03 C4 FF 35 C4 10 35 C9 80 3E C1 E8 98 EA C19670 80 03 F9 E7 35 06 D4 80 9C EB 35 90 E8 19 19 199680 19 C4 00 02 78 D4 0F 01 3E 06 D4 20 E1 2F 98 2B9690 06 D4 20 C9 2F A9 2E 03 F9 36 9C 1F C9 2E B9 2196A0 A9 2D 03 FC 3C 9C 14 C9 2D A9 2C 03 FC 3C 9C OB96B0 C9 2C A9 2B 03 F9 37 9C 02 C9 2B C1 35 98 7A C496C0 0A C9 13 C4 30 35 C1 3A 98 73 B9 3A A9 13 B9 1396D0 A9 13 B9 13 B9 13 9C F4 3E 37 C9 02 02 1F 01 C996E0 01 1D C9 33 40 C9 34 C4 07 37 C1 0F 1C 98 10 C196F0 01 D9 33 C9 01 C9 33 C1 02 D9 34 C9 02 C9 34 3E9700 C4 10 35 C4 00 31 C4 0F 50 08 08 C9 18 C9 OE 199710 19 19 19 40 C9 3F 06 94 06 C4 FF 01 40 90 05 C49720 00 01 C4 80 37 C4 10 03 F9 3F C9 3F B9 3F 98 A99730 37 02 1F 01 1D 01 37 90 F3 8F 01 90 1B B9 3B 949740 02 90 0A C9 13 98 06 B9 3B C9 13 9C FA C9 14 C49750 10 35 C4 00 C9 35 90 A7 C1 39 D4 02 98 A1 C4 019760 C9 35 D1 39 C9 39 9C 25 C4 E4 07 C4 AB 8F 01 C49770 00 07 C1 03 D4 1F 98 0D C4 01 07 C4 62 C9 3A C49780 5C C9 3B 90 D1 C4 5F C9 3A C4 2C 90 F4 C1 2B C99790 3A C4 00 07 C1 2C 90 E9 01 C4 50 35 C1 80 C4 1097A0 35 3F C4 10 35 C4 00 31 C1 17 D4 01 98 EA B9 0097B0 9C E6 C4 06 C9 00 01 B9 0E 94 DE C4 0F 03 F9 1897C0 C9 18 C9 0E C1 33 01 C1 01 C9 33 40 C9 01 C1 3497D0 01 C1 02 C9 34 40 C9 02 C4 06 90 BC C4 02 C9 2197E0 B9 0B 02 F4 0B 01 C0 80 C9 06 C0 80 C9 0F F4 2597F0 90 AF 08 10 04 02 03 04 02 01 02 03 04 02 01 04__________________________________________________________________________
APPENDIX B______________________________________CORRESPONDENCE CHARTFLOW DIAGRAMS TO PROGRAMBlock No. ROM ADDRESS______________________________________FIG. 8400 1D, 22-24, 798-7DB401 1C-21403 74-7F405 80-81407 82-87408 88-93409 25-28410 60-63411 64-73412 94-A0416 A1-A7417 A8-B4418 B5-C1419 C2-CE495 32D-330FIG. 9421 DA-DF, 611-62F425 ED-F2426 F3-100, 6D9-738424 101-104428 156-15A, 611-62F432 15B-15C434 15D-162435 16E-171437 5E5-610442 17C-181445 192-1A1, 1BA-1BB446 1CC-1DF448 1EO-1F3450 5E5-610460 1BC-1BF453 192-1A1, 1BA-1BB454 1CC-1DF455 1EO-1F3456 5E5-610FIG. 10461 22B-25D, 270-273, 2B4-2B7, 611-62F465 25E-263, 28B-291, 2F1-2F7466 2A8-2AB, 2F8-2FC467 5E5-610469 264-267, 275-28A, 295-2AO, 2C1-2C5473 2C6-2C9478 2CA-2CC480 2CD-2D8482 2E6-2F6485 2DB-2DF487 2EO-2E5490 2EA-2EF492 2FF-314, 446-447FIG. 11500 331-343501 348-34E, 659-65A, 66F-670504 66B-66E506 65B-664508 671-67C510 665-66B515 356-35D516 3B8-3BF518 3CO-3C6, 630-658521 3C7-3CA522 3CB-3D5, 3D8-3E3525 3EA-3EF, 3F2-3FA532 3D6-3D7, 3E4-3E5, 3FO-3F1, 3FB-3FC, 414-41C, 430-43A, 447-466528 35E-36A, 378-384531 40E-413534 36B-377535 412-413537 385-39C540 39D-3AOFIG. 12550 50E-511552 512-51E554 51F-522557 523-52A558 52B-544560 545-54E561 54F-574, 67D-688565 575-580, 5E5-610FIG. 13580 6BB-6BE582 6C6-6C9583 6CA-6CB584 6BF-6C5, 6CC-6D7587 73D-74E588 752-755590 758-75D593 75E-765595 766-767598 781-782, 78D-797600 768-771602 772-777605 781-78C606 77B-784FIG. 14620 7AE-7AF622 7BO-7B1625 7B2-7BC626 798-79D______________________________________
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Owner name: AUDIO PRO AB; A CORP OF TABY, SWEDEN
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Effective date: 19811231